BAMBERGER RANCH PRESERVE

Stop, Pause, & Reflect

aka Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve   |   Johnson City, TX   |  www.bambergerranch.org

Mission

The mission of the Bamberger Ranch Preserve is to protect the 5,500 acres of land under its ownership, keep it in good health & balance, and educate the public about stewardship of the land, as well as awakening & nourishing a passion for the learning about nature in both children & adults.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Dr. April Sansom

Main address

2341 Blue Ridge Drive

Johnson City, TX 78636 USA

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EIN

30-0041245

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (K34)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Bamberger Ranch Preserve (BRP) is recognized as an effective leader in promoting the environmental, economic and aesthetic benefits of good land stewardship, and proper use of resources. With urban sprawl and land/habitat fragmentation, biodiversity and natuarl resoruces are disappering at an alarm The BRP serves as guide to the best practices model for conservation and stewardship. We aim to educate the public on many facets of land ethics. With more and more schools teaching to tests and decreasing field trips and even recess, the BRP provides unique hands on experiences for students of all ages. Nature deficit disorder is becoming more real each day as kids turn to TVs and tablets to experience “outside”. Our award winning educational programs go hand in hand with our award winning land stewardship to give almost 3,000 students every year and hands on outdoor learning experience. All of our educational programs use the TEKS to customize each program to individual schools

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Awakening & Nourishing a passion for learning

Three-day/two-night educational field trip for up to 25 5th graders from an inner city, Title One school. Students have hands-on lessons on topics such as watersheds, soils, geology, dinosaur tracks, fossil collections, aquatic invertebrates, astronomy, and wildlife conservation. All lodging, 6 meals, transportation & staff interpretation costs are coverd by outside grants and donations for the school to participate

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Stewardship, conservation & education 2009

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept., Sand County Foundation, Garden Clubs of America, Nature Conservancy of Texas, TCEQ, Forest Service

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Bamberger Ranch Preserve wants to continue to serve as a model to inspire future generations that a balance between population needs and open space can be achieved. We recognize that good stewardship maintains healthy habitats, and this leads to biodiversity in all natural communities. Good land management provides clean water in greater amounts and in the Hill Country’s climate it is extremely important to maximize water conservation (both surface and underground). With population growth we experience increasing demand on limited resources, we are trying to serve as a model of integration. We are trying to teach integration of human needs through natural world management by the following:
• Teaching the public about the importance of good stewardship
• Providing a place to experience nature that is an example and model of good stewardship
• Teaching conservation of resources
• Instilling a love and appreciation of the natural world in children and adults so that they desire abundant healthy water, land and habitats around them
• Instilling knowledge on the importance of biological diversity in the face of a non-static environment

The Bamberger Ranch Preserve also wants to serve as a baseline biodiversity model. Being centered between two major expanding urban cities, we want to be able to track the changes to local biodiversity over time. To do this we are trying to catalog all aspects of our biodiversity, in a total taxonomic survey. We want to know what is here, from soil microbes to the trees and everything in between. We want our biodiversity catalog to be accessible to researchers and serve as a guide to help land owners and curious naturalists track what is in their yards. We also want to be able to monitor and track our biodiversity differences in response to environmental changes.

The main strategy for the Bamberger Ranch Preserve to achieve its goals are to protect the 5,500 acres of land under its ownership, keep it in good health and balance, and educate the public about stewardship of the land. We want to awaken and nourish a passion for learning about nature in both children and adults. We want to provide a place for researches and students to study various aspects of the environment. We provide the following programs and materials to make this happen:

• Land Stewardship: Practices that promote biodiversity and maintain healthy spring flow
• Public Tours: Give a view of what has been accomplished with restoration and conservation
• Workshops: Demonstrate how to do restoration and conservation practices
• School Programs: Day and overnight visits that involve students in conservation and increase their interest in science
• Outreach: Programs and speaking engagements to organizations and groups
• Consultations: Visits to landowner’s property and writing a management plan specific to that property
• Research: Work with multiple universities and focusing on research around biological and environmental issues

The Bamberger Ranch Preserve meets our goals by managing the property to be in a productive state for a variety of natural resources. Each year the staff educates between 2,000-4000 people of all ages. Each visitor to the ranch has the opportunity to see our land stewardship and conservation ethics in action. We have single day programs for grades 3-12, serving up to 75 students at a time. There are overnight programs for up to 30 students a time that serve grades 4-12. Our tours and workshops see up to 40 adult attendees at a time. There are a variety of customizable outreach programs available to serve any age group. The staff is available to do written management plans for customer's property throughout the eco-regions of Texas. We also have working relationships with a growing number of universities for graduate and under graduate students focusing on various aspects of biodiversity and rangeland research.

Since 1969 the Bamberger Ranch Preserve (BRP) has served as a beacon of hope that land can be brought back from degradation. The BRP was once considered the largest private restoration project in the state of Texas and we are very proud that is no longer the case. Each year we continually inspire the next generation of conservationists with our story. Our land stewardship programs have won a variety of awards as has our education program. In 2019 alone we held programs for almost 3600 people. This includes almost 250 overnight students ages 9-17 in ecological immersive programs.

Moving forward we will continue to manage and maintain the acreage productively in a changing environment. We will also try add programs to meet demand for our educational programs. We hope to continue to add staff to better utilize our ability to do education/outreach programs and to manage the land in a productive manner.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BAMBERGER RANCH PRESERVE

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2020
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Board chair

Mr. Weldon "Rusty" Yates

John Bamberger

Bamberger Ranch Preserve

Joanna Rees

Bamberger Ranch Preserve

David Bamberger

Bamberger Foundation

Doug Anderson

Gruene Environmental Companies

Dodge Bamberger

Lancer Corporation

Noarah Caskey

Austin Community College

Robert Cocke

University of Texas at Austin

Kerby Confer

Forever Media

Anne Donovan

N/A

Susan Downey

N/A

Pat Durbin

HillView Ranch

Phil Ferguson

San Manuel Band of Indians

Jeff Francell

Nature Conservancy

Edward Hutcheson

Platte River Equity

Pam Reese

Reese Foundation

Alex Robinette

Mary Wallace

N/A

Ira Yates

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